Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Rebecca trained as a secondary school teacher after graduating from Leeds University. She taught for 9 years, both in the UK and in the UAE before re-qualifying with the Chartered Institute of Marketing in 2001. She enjoyed 9 years working in the world of advertising/marketing and this wide and varied career experience has provided her with an invaluable skill-set for this field.
In September 2010 Rebecca joined British Schools in the Middle East and successfully developed and led the Continuing Professional Development programme. She grew the programme from scratch to become a regionally acknowledged, quality-assured programme, offering over 100 courses a year.
Rebecca is an Accredited Facilitator for UCL Institute of Education and she has facilitated many NPQ Programme cohorts. She leads on the NPQ Facilitation Training Programme and is an Accredited NPQ Assessor with NPQ Online. Rebecca also holds the CfBT Education Trust Certificate of Professional Practice in Coaching and Mentoring and is a member of the International Professional Development Association.
Rebecca’s passion is singing! She currently sings with the Abu Dhabi Big Band and various other jazz and acoustic bands. She also loves shoes!
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Paola has always worked in education and over the course of her career she has developed a deep understanding of how schools work and how to make their lives easier! In 2012 Paola joined British Schools of the Middle East and worked alongside Rebecca Annand in running and developing the regional CPD Programme. Paola has previously worked in a large London HMC school as PA to the Headmaster, organising the day to day running of a busy office and arranging prestigious events. She has also worked in a boarding school in Oxfordshire supporting her husband. “Being married to a Headmaster it was inevitable that my life would revolve around the world of education in some form or another”.
Paola enjoys tennis and The Telegraph cryptic crossword, along with socialising and family life. She also loves shoes!
Media and Marketing Managing
Izzy has just graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Broadcast Media Technologies from Leeds Beckett University and has recently joined the team at Infinite Learning. She is passionate about promoting inclusivity and understanding through self-education having independently produced two short informative documentaries, including one on Autism.
In 2018, Izzy worked in conjunction with Kings’ School Al Barsha to create a Makaton sign video and has since produced content featured on BBC Introducing and Channel 5. She now brings her media and marketing skills to Infinite Learning to help professionals continue to educate themselves, as she aims to do herself.
She loves cooking and can often be found preparing some kind of dish that’s hard to pronounce – when she’s not tanning by the pool that is!
Sarah has worked consistently in British Curriculum and International Schools in Dubai since she arrived in 2006, from Registrar to Parent Relations Executive and PA to Headteachers. Sarah’s extensive knowledge of schools in the UAE underpins her professional approach to customer service. Sarah is a mother of two daughters, both of which grew up in Dubai and graduated from education in Dubai, so she knows what family Expat life is like in the Middle East. Sarah enjoys travelling, yoga and walking her dogs.
Sharon has worked in schools in Dubai for 10 years, as the GCSE Exams Officer and also dealt with school assessments and testing. Prior to this Sharon worked as a project manager in a medical insurance company in South Africa and these skills were the key tools to support her in the planning and timetabling requirements of the complex school exams environment. She brings this experience to assist Infinite Learning to plan and manage their CPD Programme and to provide a high level of administrative services. Sharon and her family loved Expat life in Dubai and their daughter spent all her education years there, before graduating to a University in the United Kingdom. Sharon loves cats and walking.